1 in 5 Australians suffer from tinnitus or ringing in ears — that’s almost 5 million Australians. When you first realize you have tinnitus, it can be difficult to know what to do. Here is a starter list of do's and don’ts for people dealing with tinnitus.
- Do talk to a hearing health professional if tinnitus is affecting your ability to sleep, read, concentrate or take part in normal activities.
- Do realize that every person responds to tinnitus differently. There is no right or wrong way.
- Do avoid anxiety and/or stress as it can aggravate tinnitus.
- Do look at apps and equipment that can help at bedtime to make falling asleep easier.
- Do know that tinnitus can be managed even if it cannot be cured.
- Don’t believe everything you read about tinnitus being cured by herbs or supplements. Management via sound therapy or personal devices is the most successful way to treat tinnitus.
- Don’t forget that tinnitus can be a symptom of something else, so it is important to have it checked out by a professional.
- Don’t forget about things that can aggravate tinnitus like caffeine, lack of sleep, stress, and even aspirin.
- Don’t think you are alone!
- Don’t forget about hearing protection! Loud sounds and environments can trigger and/or aggravate tinnitus.
For more tips, reach out to your hearing healthcare professional. If you don’t have a hearing care provider, we can help you find one in your area. Just call 1800 024 985 or find a professional near you.